Haley Barbour: GOP platform should include Education Dept. abolishment

Last week, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour offered some thoughts on the oft-debated question in Republican platforms: to include abolishing the Department of Education.

???Being for getting rid of the department certainly doesn???t mean you want to get rid of public education,??? Barbour, a former Republican National Chairman, said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast last week in Washington, ???it means getting rid of a federal intermediary so state and local governments can operate without a giant bureaucracy.???

Emphasizing: ???you don???t want people to get the impression you???re against public education,??? he said he agreed with restoring the call for abolishing the 33-year-old department to the Republican platform ???as long as it???s recognized what the goal is.???